Wolff issues refuelling costs warning


With the news that refuelling is set to return to Formula 1 in 2017, Mercedes AMG PETRONAS boss Toto Wolff has issued a warning that it will only come back if it is cost effective.

The F1 Strategy Group had discussed ways of making the sport more exciting, and the re-introduction of refuelling that was last seen in 2009 was the on the agenda, but Wolff insists that it will not come back if it costs too much.

“Refuelling was banned because of cost and because the pit stops were taking too long,” said Wolff to the BBC.

“But we want to re-explore it and see if we can make pit stops for fuel and tyres happen in the same time it takes to change the tyres now – two to three seconds.

“We have agreed to explore this avenue and the cost involved because it could be spectacular. If it’s too expensive, we won’t do it.”